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Yummy Halibut, Salmon Coming

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Yummy Halibut, Salmon Coming

2017 Halibut is in The Freezers! The 2017 halibut season was expedient and fishy- everything a fisherman can ask for.  In the 10 years that Kyle has been skiff fishing this is by far the best fishing he has seen. The halibut were the ideal size, 25-50 lbs, and they were all healthy looking fish.      This was skiff fishing version 3.2. meaning it's the third boat kyle has rigged for halibut and the second year he has fished it.  As a result the setup time was short and the operation worked as planned.  The long line is set off of the...

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June = Fish

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June = Fish

June means fishing for the Lints Family. Kyle flew up to Naknek, AK a few weeks ago with one of our new crew members, J.T.  April is a nice time of year in Bristol Bay before the crazy flurry of salmon.  Other fishermen have time to talk and you can even find a mechanic if needed.  Kyle and J.T. looked over our boat, F/V Northland and prepared her for the upcoming season.  They changed the oil, got the engine running and replaced buoys that had smashed against too many other boats last year.  They also prepared the Northland for a...

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Our "New" Boat

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Our "New" Boat

  Nothing But Opportunities . . . This new year an opportunity arose for Small Scales Seafood to make a vessel up grade.  We've been tucking away a little money every year to someday get a more comfortable boat.  Currently Kyle and crew fish on a small, rebuilt 1969 Rawson.  While Kyle is able to do a great job catching salmon the creature comforts are much to be desired.  (All three guys share one large bed in the bow and are without a real toilet for almost two months!)   Kyle has been looking at many different boat options for an...

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Homer Halibut

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Homer Halibut

We've caught our halibut for 2016!   Kyle and our deckhand, Jake, just filled up our skiff with a lovely load of Pacific Halibut.  They laid gear on Sunday night and picked the line Monday to find these beautiful fish.   How does long lining work?  Prior to fishing we bait a whole bunch of large circle hooks with herring, salmon and octopus (the halibut's favorite!).    Each circle hook is attached with a ganion to a clip.  When out at sea we throw a buoy and drop an anchor attached to our ground line.  As the line goes out we...

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Great Season in 2016

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Great Season in 2016

Kyle and the crew came back from Bristol Bay about a week ago and we're so glad to have them home!   Phew, we all made it through another season.    2016 was a great season for us.  Lots of sockeye salmon returning to Bristol Bay and Kyle and the crew were in the right places at the right time.  This was also our first season leasing a second permit which allowed us to increase the length of our net and catch more fish.  Yay!   (A late night deck load of salmon, sorry for the poor photo but you...

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